gua·​ra·​na | \ ˌgwä-rə-ˈnä How to pronounce guarana (audio) \

Definition of guarana

: a dried paste that is made from the seeds of a South American climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) of the soapberry family, that contains caffeine and tannin, and that is used as a stimulant also : this plant

Examples of guarana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The beverage is is made with guarana extracts and B-vitamins, has 114 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce serving. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 15 May 2021 The drink has more than three times the caffeine of a regular Coke and contains guarana, a supplement popular in energy drinks. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Often these supplements contain caffeine, guarana, green tea or other stimulants. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 8 Sep. 2020 Lightly carbonated, the energy drink contains caffeine, B vitamins, ginseng, guarana and taurine. Mark Heim |, al, 13 Aug. 2020 Energy drinks, while sporting much less sugar than their rivals, contain potentially dangerous stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine and creatine. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 23 June 2020 Coke Energy, which is made with guarana extracts and B-vitamins, has 114 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce serving. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 30 Jan. 2020 Four Loko does not contain caffeine, taurine or guarana. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 29 June 2018 Coco Loco contains cacao powder as well as ingredients often found in energy drinks, including taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba. Ars Technica, SELF, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of guarana

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guarana

Portuguese guaraná, from Nhengatu (Tupi-based lingua franca of Amazonia), from Sateré-Mawé (Tupian language of the middle Amazon River basin) warana

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“Guarana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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gua·​ra·​na | \ ˌgwär-ə-ˈnä How to pronounce guarana (audio) \

Medical Definition of guarana

: a dried paste made from the seeds of a Brazilian climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) containing tannin and caffeine and used in making an astringent drink

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